Resident studio artist - The Studios of Key West
2017 - current
533 Eaton St, Key West FL
I arrived in Key West on a sailboat some thirty-something years ago. My 'artist life' developed ten years ago as I began taking classes with local artists, Jim Salem & Roberta Marks. I also studied additional classes & attended workshops from visiting teachers. Much of my work went from a loose realist style to decidedly more abstract in the last few years. I enjoy working in a combination of acrylic paint, oil stick, pen and paper for collage.
Mixing paint colors and utilizing all manner of brushes, palette knives, oil sticks and pens takes me to full engagement in abstract art making. My works tend to vary; colorful and playful, energetic, bold and direct or softer and sensitive, tending toward the intuitive. I am inspired by the variance of hue and color creating varying forms on the canvas; dark and light, harsh and soft, the mixing of bits of color and meandering line to bring life to the canvas. Abstract expressionism, for me, is a process of releasing the subconscious. I am intrigued by the small glimpses, connections and larger emotional arisings that chance to work together and become the work.